Career Reflection

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The ‘sociology of work and career’ module has exposed us to a range of career development theories that have exercised our sociological knowledge. It has enabled us to use ‘theoretical triangulation’ to apply such theories to our own career development and in ways predict what we could be facing after completing university. This report shall illustrate some examples of career theories studied this term, along with an account of ways in which my personal career development can be associated. In recent times the meaning of work is characteristically linked with paid employment. Nevertheless, work can also be significant through unpaid, cooperative, collective, familial and individuated roles. Edgell (2006) offers insight into the transformation…show more content…
My current position in a post-industrial society has meant that I am up against a competitive labour market that my working-class background was not entirely fit for. Competition between corporations has meant that the most successful economic work roles are only offered to those with exceptional qualifications and experience. To work in favour of this labour market, I knew that university could help my position. However, high-priced tuition fees had caused me to question if my working-class family would be able to support me with costs. Despite the initial doubt, I went ahead with applying to fulfil the long-term benefits of making myself a more desirable candidate within the competitive labour market. Immediately, I can associate my decision with Goffman’s (1961) theory of career. The theory claims that career refers to the social strands of a person’s life course. It enables people to move between the significance of ones self and society (Goffman 1961). By identifying myself as a working-class female, I had recognised the requirements I needed to succeed in today’s society. Super’s (1980) ideas behind the life span can also be applicable to this, as it notes how exploration stages occur between ages 15-25. The stages involve individual’s efforts to make occupational decisions and career alternatives (Super 1980). I mirrored this with my conscientious decision to achieve a degree to further my career
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